Wild bees could be the secret to better berries
Want bigger, faster-growing blueberries? New research shows wild bees are an essential secret ingredient in larger and better blueberry yields – producing plumper, faster-ripening berries. The study, led by University of Vermont scientists, is the first to successfully reveal that wild bees improve not only blueberry quantities, but also size and other quality factors. It finds that wild bees provide major benefits for berry farmers, including greater berry size (12%), quantity (12%), size consistency (11%) and earlier harvests -- by 2 1/2 days.
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